6:40 AM EST, Mon February 27, 2017
13 hours ago
Tempering expectations for Yankees prospects this spring

Tempering expectations for Yankees prospects this spring

Everyone is excited that baseball is back, but these young players have a long way to go. Baseball is back! I couldn’t be happier to see baseball back on my television after what seemed like an endless offseason, but here we are. We’ve already seen some performances from some starters, and even some prospects like Gleyber Torres and Clint Frazier. Yesterday I saw Torres put on an excellent performance—a couple of doubles and two runs scored, both on wild pitches—and then saw some rumblings on Twitter waxing poetic about him; we saw the same after Aaron Judge’s monster home run two...
18 hours ago
Spring training game thread: Yankees vs. Blue Jays

Spring training game thread: Yankees vs. Blue Jays

The Yankees get their first look at the Blue Jays today, but won’t face a Toronto squad full of regulars. Today the Yankees will play their first spring training game against a division rival. It is a split-squad game for the Blue Jays, and most of their Opening Day squad stayed home to face the Phillies. Luis Severino will get the start for the Yankees today, and Jacoby Ellsbury will make his spring training debut. Today’s lineup looks like one that we could see fairly often during the regular season. #NYYSpring lineup vs TOR:Gardner LFEllsbury CFSanchez CHolliday DHGregorius...
19 hours ago
The Yankees aren’t just getting younger, they’re getting more versatile

The Yankees aren’t just getting younger, they’re getting more versatile

A bevy of super-utility players could give the Yankees much needed flexibility. With the first spring training games in the books, a few headlines have emerged from Yankees camp. Aaron Judge has super-human power; Gleyber Torres is a natural hitting machine; the back-of-the-rotation candidates are all pitching well. As a team in transition, the immediate, albeit small sample size, success makes for some fanfare. Buried beneath the shiny prospect production, however, is another story. It might not be as flashy, but it’s equally important. Over the course of the last few seasons, the...
21 hours ago
What to watch for in this spring’s Yankees rotation battle

What to watch for in this spring’s Yankees rotation battle

The Yankees’ most intriguing storyline for this season is the rotation, which has two open spots and at least five interesting candidates. Baseball is back. Finally. Unfortunately, it has returned in the form of meaningless, glorified exhibition games, with starting pitchers throwing two innings, position players going five, and low-minor league prospects handling what should be high-leverage frames. Still…baseball is back! And to fully enjoy the grand return of baseball, we often subconsciously attach value to these spring training games. As much as we all love baseball,...
23 hours ago
Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/26/17

Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/26/17

Gleyber hits two doubles and scores from second base on a wild pitch in yesterday’s loss; the youth movement is making spring training more exciting; A-Rod’s chances for the Hall of Fame will be a hot topic going forward; A-Rod should join the YES Booth; a Q&A with YES Broadcaster David Cone Around the Empire Newsday | Erik Boland: The Yankees lost 6-5 to the Phillies in yesterday’s game. These things happen. It doesn’t mean that the Yankees are doomed, even though it 100% means they are doomed. Enough about just cancelling the season though, because fans got to see Gleyber Torres...
Feb 25, 2017
Ask Pinstripe Alley 2/25/17: Will the Yankees be better this season compared to 2016?

Ask Pinstripe Alley 2/25/17: Will the Yankees be better this season compared to 2016?

Is it time for Randy Levine to leave? Which Yankee will have the best season of their career? Earlier in the week, I asked for submissions to our Yankees mailbag. We received plenty of questions in the comment section, and a few emails. I tried my best to respond to all of them. Chad asked: Do you personally feel [the Yankees] will be better, worse, or about this same this season compared to last? Unfortunately, I don’t think that this team is that much better than last year’s team. The rotation could be an absolute disaster. We don’t really know what to expect from some of the young...
Feb 25, 2017
Spring training game thread: Yankees at Phillies

Spring training game thread: Yankees at Phillies

After an exciting opener, the Yanks and Phils swap home venues. The Yankees go on the road to Clearwater to return the favor of opening up the Phillies’ spring training venue for the year. Most of the regulars won’t be in the lineup, but even the JV Yankee squad is exciting. To wit, Greg Bird, Aaron Judge, Clint Frazier, and Gleyber Torres are all in the starting lineup, as are two other prospect standouts from yesterday in Miguel Andujar and Dustin Fowler. Jorge Mateo and Tyler Wade will make their spring debuts later today, as well. Adam Warren will get the start as he bids for a...
Feb 25, 2017
Why Aaron Hicks could be the Yankees’ most improved player in 2017

Why Aaron Hicks could be the Yankees’ most improved player in 2017

We will all be watching how the Baby Bombers improve in 2017, but don’t forget about Hicks. From the numbers Aaron Hicks put up through the first four months of the 2016 season, it’s hard to process that he is a former first-round draft pick. Hicks’ batting average was below the Mendoza line for much of the regular season, and his cannon of an arm showed little accuracy in the outfield. On top of that, he was absent on the base paths, failing to record a stolen base until the calendar hit August. This was after posting a career high in steals in Minnesota the year before. Although...
Feb 25, 2017
The Yankees starting rotation might not be so bad

The Yankees starting rotation might not be so bad

As volatile as it is, the Yankees rotation might just be able to hold it together. It is no secret that the starting rotation is believed to be a weakness for the Yankees. Beyond Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia, the starting rotation is a complete mystery. Michael Pineda remains as enigmatic as ever, while unproven pitchers like Bryan Mitchell, Luis Severino, Luis Cessa, and Chad Green are battling for the remaining spots in the rotation. As a team that is supposedly in a rebuilding phase, the Yankees might actually surprise a lot of people. In 2016, they were 12th in the AL in runs scored,...
Feb 25, 2017
Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/25/17

Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/25/17

Yankees win 9-4 via dingers and triples from the youth movement; Mitchell impresses during his first spring training outing; A-Rod takes the prospects out to a nice dinner; Reggie wants Judge to be better than him; Reggie happy that Girardi talked with Frazier about his near baserunning mistake Around the Empire New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Baseball is back. It’s only spring training and the points don’t matter. Either way, baseball is back and the Yankees made it an enjoyable game to watch. Didi Gregorius hit the first of forty dingers to come this season. Aaron Judge delivered...
Feb 24, 2017
Could Joe Girardi’s idea to use headsets actually work in MLB?

Could Joe Girardi’s idea to use headsets actually work in MLB?

Following the NFL in any facet normally seems like a bad idea, but in this instance it might just be a step in the right direction. Earlier this week, Major League Baseball approved a rule to eliminate the need for a four-pitch intentional walk. Instead teams will signal from the dugout that they want to issue a walk to the batter and the batter would be awarded first base without seeing a pitch. Thoughts on this particular rule have ranged from anger to apathy. Even the PSA staff is divided on the issue, with the majority against what is seemingly an unnecessary change. Others, like...
Feb 24, 2017
Yankees spring training: Grapefruit League opener game thread

Yankees spring training: Grapefruit League opener game thread

Baseball is finally back. It has been months, but baseball is finally back. Well, as much as spring training can be called baseball. It’s players you know playing the game of baseball. Best of all, it’s on television. The Yankees open their Grapefruit League play this afternoon against the Phillies. Steinbrenner Field has been treated to $40 million worth of renovations since fans last checked out the Yankees’ spring training home. Bryan Mitchell gets the start for New York. Most of the expected regulars are scheduled to start the game with the exception of Jacoby Ellsbury, who was...
Feb 24, 2017
Projecting the 2017 Trenton Thunder Opening Day roster

Projecting the 2017 Trenton Thunder Opening Day roster

Here’s who you can go see in Trenton this year Last week, I took a stab at projecting the Scranton/Wilkes-barre RailRiders roster. That proved to be an easy endeavor, since many of their future players were invited to Yankees spring training. Anyone who doesn’t make the team will likely end up there. However, projecting the Double-A Trenton roster will be harder. It will still be some time before we find who will be assigned where, but let’s take a look anyway. Catcher Francisco Diaz Kellin Deglan Once you get past Gary Sanchez, the Yankees system is pretty barren at the catcher...
Feb 24, 2017
Which Yankee hitters would benefit the most from a raised strike zone?

Which Yankee hitters would benefit the most from a raised strike zone?

Could some of the Yankee batters gain a leg up through a rule change? A couple nights ago, MLB approved a rule change: the conventional four-pitch intentional walk is no more. Putting the intentional walk to rest will hardly alter the game or quicken pace, but it does demonstrate that Rob Manfred and MLB are willing to fundamentally adjust the way baseball is played. Another rumored rule change is that of altering the strike zone. The strike zone has expanded downwards in recent years, and MLB appears to be of the belief that combating that trend by raising the bottom of the strike zone...
Feb 24, 2017
Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/24/17

Around the Empire: Yankees news - 2/24/17

Romneys looking to buy ownership stake; Rotation will at least be intriguing; Betances sharp early in spring; Girardi advocates for headsets; Judge, destroyer of baseballs; Torreyes will see time in OF FanRag Sports | Jon Heyman: Mitt Romney’s family is apparently in talks to buy a small stake of the Yankees. The Romneys had previously tried bidding for the Marlins (offering $1.4 billion) but when that fell through set their sights on the Yankees. If this does go through, nothing would really change as the Steinbrenners would still likely be the majority owners and the Yankees have other...